A-Rod is going to apologize, you guys


I’m sure y’all have been concerned about this:

As someone who tries to be a decent person and who has taught his children that, when one behaves poorly, one should apologize, I am pleased with this. Obviously not all apologies are sufficient (especially celebrity apologies) and no one is entitled to forgiveness, but I still think the effort should be made. It’s never too late for someone to try to make amends, even rich, famously jerky people.

As a realist, of course, I question whether anyone on the planet really wants or requires an A-Rod’s apology. Most people, I presume, don’t care enough to expect it, as we are well-adjusted enough people to know that athletes don’t owe us anything nor we them. And the people who do feel “betrayed” by A-Rod aren’t gonna stop feeling that way just because he says he’s sorry. For one thing, he’s never really given anyone a hint that he’s capable of public sincerity. For another, the people who are outraged by A-Rod sort of like being outraged by A-Rod. If anything, they’ll go on about how crappy an apology it was, regardless of the content. And, for people who write on deadline, before they’ve had a chance to hear the content.

But hey, it’ll give us a day in late February when a lot of people can be once again outraged by A-Rod. And a lot of other people can be outraged at the outrage. And really, it’s that what it’s all about?

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.